Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Louise Jenkins


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF4883).


This unit further develops the understandings of teaching and learning methods and major ideas useful in contemporary music education. It expands the knowledge and understandings developed in EDF4883 Music education in the secondary years 2A. In particular, the unit explores major music methodologies such as Kodaly, Dalcroze, Yamaha and Suzuki and the possible application of these methodologies to the secondary classroom. Students will be encouraged to share their past experiences in these methodologies, by reflecting on their own past, they may build a better understanding and basis for future practice as educators. The unit employs a pedagogical approach that connects theoretical and experiential learning, understanding these embedded practices to be interrelated and interdependent. This experiential learning will be furthered by the students' involvement in a class musical production, the components of which will have been developed by the students themselves. Through the process of planning for and rehearsing the production, the students will experience directly the process that their own secondary school students will experience in the preparation of a school musical production.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. acquire a sound understanding of significant issues that surround effective teaching and learning in music, particularly school music departments
  2. develop the understandings and skills to plan, manage and present a school musical production
  3. expand their understanding of experiential music teaching and learning and reflect on supporting practices that can enhance school music education
  4. develop an understanding of various crucial music education methodologies and the skills to incorporate elements of these methodologies in the secondary classroom
  5. expand their understanding of the diversity of strategies, pedagogies and disciplines that will inform their work as music educators.


This unit is graded pass grade only (PGO)

Written assignment (2000 words, 50%)
Class presentation (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2-3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week


EDF4883 or EDF4110